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The November 2016 issue of the Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine is out now - and is available online for all subscribers.
The helicopter in the vineyard
Spring 2016 was the season for getting bogged in the vineyard. In some regions the access issues overlapped the important early-season spray application window.
But when Frank Nicholls, from O'Connor Vineyard Services in the Clare Valley, couldn't get his spray units into the vineyards after heavy September rain he remembered an old image on the wall of the local ag supply store; a helicopter in action on Christmas Day 1992.
He started connecting the dots.
"I'm also the vice president of the local flying group, so I knew we were lucky enough to have a helicopter based in the region."
Nicholls ended up covering about 100 hectares of his clients' vineyards across the Clare Valley and other wine companies based in the region followed suit.
"The cost was pretty reasonable, our ground rigs operate at $50-$55 per hectare and the aerial work was around $63," Nicholls said. "Given it was the helicopter or nothing, no protection, it was a pretty easy decision."
But there was one question from other grapegrowers about the aerial application...
Did the products have approval for aerial application in a vineyard?
To find out, make you sure grab the November issue of Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine - or head online to access the article here.
Other key articles in the November edition:
- On an elevated stage, Nathan Gogoll reports from Queensland’s Granite Belt region
- Strategic export approach, Daniel Whyntie explores the support services available
- Succession Planning Q&A, insights from wine brands in family hands
And feel free reach out to Nathan Gogoll (the magazine editor) via email.
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A highlight of the July-August issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal is our coverage of the recent International Cool Climate Wine Symposium. The Journal was a trade sponsor of this year's event, and was represented by Richard Smart and Peter Hayes, who not only made presentations during the symposium, but have shared with us their highlights of the program.
Immediately following Richard and Peter's ICCWS overviews is the third and final instalment of Tony Keys indepth look at the US market. In this article, Tony turns his attention to the future opportunities and challenges in this market for the Australian wine sector.
Another highlight of this issue is Cathy Howard's look at trends in the use of sulfur in the Australian wine industry. Some reader may have completed the online survey Cathy ran as part of her article.
Are you familiar with all the known viticultural influences that affect grape tannin accumulation in red wines? Rachel Kilmister presents them in her article which is drawn from some of the research undertaken by a team from Victoria's Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources which has been looking at anthocyanins and tannins for the past decade.
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